CORN, WHO JEERED 9/11 SKEPTICS,
ACCEPTS 'SOVIET AGENT' AWARD
The influential commentator David Corn tried hard
to steer the left away from questioning the official accounts
concerning the events of 9/11. Now he is accepting the I.F. Stone Award,
apparently unworried by the powerful evidence that Stone had served as a
Soviet agent of influence.
In an ironic twist, Stone upheld the official, no-conspiracy narrative of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
2002, Corn wrote that "the notion that the U.S. government either
detected the attacks but allowed them to occur, or, worse, conspired to
kill thousands of Americans to launch a war-for-oil in Afghanistan is
absurd. Still, each week emails passing on such tripe arrive. This crap
is probably not worth a rational rebuttal, but I'm irritated enough to
He reiterated these views in 2005 and appears not to have
repudiated them, despite emergence of much evidence undermining the
official 9/11 story.
Accuracy in Media, reporting on Corn's
award, commented, "The identification of Stone as a Soviet agent is not
in serious dispute, except among his most loyal and sycophantic
Two reputable historians and a Russian journalist exposed Stone's Soviet intrigues in their book, Spies.
authors are Harvey Elliott Klehr, professor of politics and history at
Emory University, who he is known for his books on the subject of the
American Communist movement and Soviet espionage in America; John Earl
Haynes, a historian who is a specialist in 20th-century political
history in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress; and
Alexander Vassiliev, a Russian journalist, writer, and espionage
historian living in London. He is a former officer in the Soviet
Committee for State Security.
Corn is Mother Jones' Washington bureau chief. Until 2007, he was
Washington editor of The Nation.
Corn evidently raised no objections to Christopher Hayes' "hit piece" against 9/11 skepticism.
Hayes, an editor at large for The Nation, is, like Corn, an MSNBC commentator.
The Nation, Mother Jones and MSNBC all are on the militant left side of the political spectrum.